AAA Readers: Wo Bist Du?
I can actually ask that question “Where are you” in multiple languages, lol. I studied German and Spanish in high school and college so I would mix the languages together. “Hermanita, hermanita, wo bist du?” Even though my sister is older than me by a whole whopping 363 days, I always called her “little” sister in Spanish. Of course, the “-ita” on the end is more an affectionate term of endearment from me. Plus…I won the height war and am the tallest female in my immediate family. I also liked the word for sister better in Spanish than German.
So, what does that have to do with anything? Nothing really, I just like to be random. Anywho, back to the subject at hand. I’m not a follower per se, but if I see someone doing something that I find interesting, then I might take a stab at it, too. Rose at Shine a Light Rose did a post about interesting search terms that brought people to her site and that inspired me to do the same. Redbeanmochi at Give Me Dramas started the 30 Day Asian Drama Challenge and I decided it would be fun to join her as well. This time Heisui from My Drama Tea did a stat post on where her blog readers were coming from and that inspired me to follow suit.
I remember starting AAA having no idea what I was doing. Views were low and even when they started to climb, no one really commented…at all. It was sad. I am guilty of silent lurking as well on many sites and while lurkers are appreciate, it’s always nice for a lurker to break out and make a comment to let you know that people are reading and interested. Anywho, that’s neither here nor there. I’m not sure what I expected, but I did not expect the stats that I myself got on where people were from. I figured that most people (and the majority are) would be from the US and were interested in learning more about Asian dramas and movies. I was wrong. Sure, views in the US steal the top spot, but Singapore is #2 on the list. I was actually shocked one day when I saw that the number of views from Singapore surpassed the number of views from the US. It’s like watching a mini battle looking at the stats sometimes.
Even now I am shocked to see just where readers are from. South America, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia, Russia. It’s kind of hard to tell from the screen shot, so here is the top 10 countries from my visitors’ list:
- United States
- Philippines (my stepmother’s country of origin)
- United Kingdom
I was born in Cali, but have lived in Michigan pretty much my entire life. And even though I live near both Canada and Mexico, I’ve never been to either. Heck, I can probably count the states I’ve been to on one hand almost. I don’t travel, I’m a homebody. Plus, my state does have a lot of beautiful places to go. My sister has been to Mexico and Venezuela since she majored in Spanish… She has an annoying habit of talking to me in Spanish. She’s fluent…I’m nowhere near that level. The only other country I’ve ever been to is Germany, which is sad. My dad, being in the USAF, has been stationed in Turkey, South Korea, Japan, Egypt…heck, he’s been all over. I would have really loved to visit him in other countries, but was only ever able to visit him when he lived in Germany for several years.
My heritage? Like the majority of Americans it is mixed. I am Caucasian of mostly German and French descent. A French ancestor did marry a native American princess from Canada…that gene came out in my dad and sister and the European heritage really came out in me. I know a wee bit of German and Spanish. Some Mandarin and Japanese. Although, I think I know more Korean now than the other Asian languages. I can at least read Korean (whether or not I understand it all the time). I used to be able to recognize several Chinese characters, but not so much anymore. So, yeah, I’m really only fluent in English. I *almost* studied Japanese in my final year of college. But…my faculty adviser talked me out of it because it was my final year of college and with having to design a website for my creative writing club as a final project for my minor and having to write a 25 page paper for my English writing major…trying to learn Japanese (which is NOT an easy feat) just wasn’t quite optimal. I do regret not having taken it when I had a bit more time in my college schedule, but can’t say I regret not taking it my final semester. My final year of college was crazy. Trying to keep up with everything that needed to be done…
Since I live in the Midwest and don’t travel really at all, I think it is cool to see that people from all over the world come to check out AAA. In fact, I think one of the first people to ever comment on my blog was from Australia…or was it New Zealand…I have a bad memory at times. Some visitors are English speakers, some not so much. I love meeting (virtually) and talking to those who stop by to check out AAA’s offerings and I am always amazed at where people are from and that our love of Asian entertainment is bringing us together from all reaches of the world. The internet is an amazing thing.
So…yeah…it’s been awhile since I wrote a rambling post that didn’t actually center around dramas or music in some way. I’d love to hear where you’re from and how you found AAA.